What is the Best & Cheapest Way to Travel in Singapore?

What is the Best & Cheapest Way to Travel in Singapore?

Singapore public transport is really convenient as there are 12 metro (MRT, LRT) lines and plenty of bus routes covering the entire city. The best way to travel in Singapore is by using city’s public transport. It is also the cheapest way for getting around the “Garden city”.

Singapore public transport tickets that are available for tourists:

  • Singapore Tourist Pass
  • EZ-link card
  • Standard Ticket

What is the best Singapore transport ticket?

Singapore Tourist Pass

Singapore Tourist Pass is a card that can be used for unlimited travel in Singapore on metro and public bus. The tourist pass is valid for one, two or three days and costs 10 SGD, 16 SGD or 20 SGD respectively. There’s also a deposit (10 SGD) that is fully refundable when the card is returned.

Singapore Tourist Pass is the best ticket for tourists who are planning to stay in Singapore for not more than 3 days. Buying Singapore Tourist Pass is only reasonable if public transport will be used often: more than 7 times in one day, more than 12 times in two days or more than 17 times in three days. In other case, using EZ-link card or Standard ticket would be cheaper.

Singapore EZ-Link Card

Singapore EZ-Link card is a card that can be used for multiple trips on Singapore public transport – metro (MRT and LRT trains) and public buses. EZ-Link card costs 12 SGD: the price consists of 5 SGD non-refundable card fee and 7 SGD stored value that can be used for travel.

Singapore public transport fares depend on the distance and type of service. Singapore metro and public bus tickets cost less with EZ-Link card. Getting Singapore public transport card is worth it when public transport is used for more than 7 times. In other case, buying Standard tickets would be cheaper.

Standard Ticket

Standard Ticket is valid for a single trip on Singapore metro (MRT and LRT trains) only. Standard Ticket can be purchased from the General Ticketing Machines (GTM) and must be paid in cash.

A public bus ticket for a single trip in Singapore can be bought on board only and the exact amount needs to be paid as the change is not given.

As mentioned above, Singapore public transport fares depend on the distance and type of service. Cash fares are higher than card fares. However, getting Standard ticket is still the cheapest way if public transport is used for less than 7 times during your stay in Singapore, as you don’t need to pay for a card.

Tips

Detailed information about Singapore public transport tickets can be found here: Singapore Public Transport Tickets.